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Kansas Department of Education Research Agenda

The KSDE research agenda will serve as a guide which may be used to prioritize resource allocations made by the Data Request Review Board (DRRB).  The DRRB strives to provide data and assistance to outside requestors; however, when agency resources will not allow the immediate assignment of a project the DRRB may use the priorities outlined in this document to assist with the assignment of a priority.  Furthermore, the DRRB considers requests for personally identifiable data and ensures compliance with federal and state privacy laws including, but not limited to, the Kansas Open Records Act (KORA).

KSDE complies with all aspects of the Student Data Privacy Act (SB 367) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99).  Researchers wishing to obtain student data that contains personally identifiable information (PII) must submit a formal request to the DRRB, obtain approval by a majority of the DRRB members and sign a data sharing agreement with terms that include, but are not limited to, a maximum time limit of one year and provide verified destruction of the information supplied upon completion of the agreement.  KSDE reserves the right to audit compliance with all agreement provisions.

Because KSDE complies with federal and state privacy laws, including KORA, individuals wishing to obtain information on non-students (educators, administrative staff, school nurses, etc.) must also submit a formal request to the DRRB and obtain approval.  In some circumstances, the requester may be required to sign a data sharing agreement which will protect the privacy of non-students.  KSDE reserves the right to audit compliance with all agreement provisions.

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Research Agenda Kansas State Department of Education March 2014

The objective for the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) research agenda is to establish priority topics for education research in Kansas that align with Kansas State Board of Education (KSBE) and KSDE goals and objectives.  In addition, this research agenda identifies the stakeholders, groups who are generally interested in the research, provides general guidance on the availability of data, and outlines how the topic(s) relate to the mission and the strategic agenda adopted by the KSBE.


Student Outcomes:

Guidelines:  Examine the general demographic, situational and temporal variables that relate to a successful educational experience.  A successful outcome may involve success of students from pre-kindergarten to postsecondary with success defined as completion of program as measured by the transition to the next level (graduation or promotion); improvement in attendance, reduction in suspension rates, improvement(s) in state assessment and other testing results; and advancement into and successful completion of postsecondary programs associated with college and career-ready objectives.

Stakeholders:  For example, stakeholders are interested in the effectiveness of interventions for diverse student groups, such as students with disabilities and students for whom English is not the first language.  These stakeholders may include advocates for special education, minority students, students with special needs, individuals who are considered gifted, in addition to unified school district(s) (USDs) and private schools.

Data Availability:   State data currently available to support research include longitudinal data available starting with SY 2006, and include district and building information, postsecondary institution, descriptive and accountability data; and student demographic data, attendance rates, test scores, program participation indicators (e.g., ELL, special education, Title I), and exit codes (e.g., graduation, dropout). Curriculum standards and information about state assessments are also available. Postsecondary institution[1] data include enrollment in and completion of developmental courses and full-credit course work, and degree completion information.  

KSBE Strategic Agenda:  Student outcomes relate to strategic agenda objective 1.3 “Review graduation requirements, improve graduation rates and reduce dropout rates” and strategic agenda objective 1.4 “support career and technical education policy initiatives.”

Educator[2] Quality:

Guidelines:  Evaluate the effectiveness of educator preparatory programs, including the se bad break lection of participants, successful performance in pedagogical course work, transition of college-of-education students into classroom situations, in-service training and professional learning.  In addition, recruitment, retention and professional satisfaction that translate into student learning and achievement are of increasing research interest.  The production and retention of educators in the biological and physical sciences combined with special education and English as second language instructors are of particular concern.  Significant geographical shortages in many education specialties are predicted which will be compounded by the forthcoming retirements of many “baby boomers.”

Stakeholders:   Interested parties may be concerned about determining if an impending teacher shortage exists, the impact of specific efforts to increase the number of available teachers such as “troops to teachers.”  Trepidation has been expressed about the availability of future administrative personnel in view of decreased support staff and increased responsibilities.  Colleges of education in Kansas also are very interested in measuring the success of their teacher education programs.

Data Availability:  State data currently available to support research in the area of educator quality include basic educator demographic information, pre-service education data (e.g., colleges/universities attended, highest degree), areas in which licensed, school assignment(s) and length of service.

KSBE Strategic Agenda:  The two objectives applicable to educator quality include:  2.2 “Continue to develop strategies for teacher recruitment, support and retention” and 2.4 “Review and revise teacher preparation programs to respond to the diverse student needs in Kansas.”

Information and resources regarding the KSDE process for addressing research requests can be found on the KSDE website at http://ksde.org/DataReports/DataRequests.aspx as well as on the Data and Reports portal at http://www.ksde.org/DataReports.aspx under the link Data Governance Handbook.

[1] A separate data sharing agreement with Kansas Board of Regents may be necessary to access this data.


[2] Educators refer to classroom, administrative and support personnel in both attendance and no attendance buildings.

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